A Hollow In A World Too Full: Chinese Artist Du Jour Cao Fei Exhibits At Tai Kwun
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This exhibition by Cao Fei, one of China’s biggest contemporary artists, centers around a newly commissioned film, Prison Architect, which was inspired by Tai Kwun’s complex past.
Spanning the three floors of Tai Kwun Contemporary’s exhibition spaces and features films, installations and sculptures, A Hollow in a World Too Full is Cao Fei’s first large institutional exhibition in Asia.
The exhibition revolves around Prison Architect, a film that unfolds as a poetic dialogue across time between two characters tight by one same location; a prisoner in past Victoria Prison and an architect of the future arts and culture hub. Referring to colonial history, Hong Kong cinema, contemporary notions on the Mainland, and its relation to that of the global, the film invites viewers to question their position within Tai Kwun, if they might exist on a parallel scope to the inmates who inhabited the space before them, waiting indefinitely for trials to come.
Cao Fei (b. 1978, Guangzhou; lives and works in Beijing) is one of the most internationally renowned artists of her generation. Her exuberantly ambiguous explorations—neither celebratory nor critical, and always with an eye for the surreal and the fun—propose characters and scenarios that question larger realities by deviating from them, creating spaces for suspended reflection in a fast-moving world full of people, objects, and ideologies.